We're celebrating Thanksgiving in two places this year. At M & B's and J & T's upstate. For M & B's we just made some black pepper frozen yogurt (oh my God, I nearly ate the whole thing before it went in the freezer) and later on we're going to do a big roast pork and some creamed kale. Tomorrow sees some duck hash, swiss chard gratin and perhaps a caramel tart. Photos will be duly posted. Happy Thanksgiving!
Isn't "hen" much less of a mouthful? I can't really say the word bachelorette without feeling self-conscious, or having images I would rather not think about enter my head. Thankfully this event didn't have any of the trappings that usually come to mind associated with it. In London I think of hordes of drunk girls sitting on the edge of the pavement in the rain, perhaps wearing a phallic hat, or maybe a tiara. Not to say that this is a bad thing necessarily, it's just not exactly what we were going for on Michele's Hen Night.
I sternly said I wasn't going to have anything to do with the organization of the event, and then promptly took over. In fact, I took over in such an exaggerated manner that I probably went too far. Well for someone with a day job, anyway.
I did a color scheme. In fact, I stuck so strictly to it, that I think I may have scared my friends. But no matter! It looked really pretty. I think...
All of the food was in pink and brown. It could be any kind of food, it just had to be pink and brown. The menu went as follows:
Oversized pink olives Salmon/tuna sushi rolls Cornmeal blinis with crème fraîche and smoked salmon Beet, parsley and goat cheese on cranberry walnut bread Pink deviled eggs (egg yolk puréed wth beet)
Red bliss potato salad
Radicchio bundles with red cabbage and seared shrimp
Red oak and radicchio salad
Rose water lollipops Chocolate Guinness cake with pomegranate buttercream
Chocolate roll-out cookies
S'mores: pink cherry liqueur marshmallows with chocolate Graham crackers and dark chocolate squares
Probably the highlight of the evening (food-wise only, of course, the highlight was probably the custom-made game by Jenn) was seeing grown ladies toasting homemade marshmallows on little fires at a dining table in SoHo. Oh, and making lollipops was a first for me too. Cavity-pulling sugary goodness! They also served as extra-sweet favors for the party and Michael helped me put customized labels on every single one of them.
Congrats to Dan and Michele! And sorry all of ya'll for not blogging in so, so long.